Violence staged in New Delhi to defame farmers: Mehbooba

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Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti

JAMMU — The former chief minister of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that the violence in New Delhi on Republic Day eve was aimed to defame the farmers and the government must repeal the laws immediately.

In a brief interaction with reporters outside the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) office in Jammu, PDP chief said that Republic Day is celebrated as the Constitution Day but some laws have been enacted in violation of the fundamental rights.

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“Some of the laws have been enacted without the consent of the concerned,” she said as while referring to the farm bill that led to mass agitation across the nation besides hoisting of the religious flag (of Sikhs) at Red Fort on January 26.

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“The laws have unnerved the farmers with the fear of losing their land and everything,” she said, adding, “Government must repeal these laws immediately.”

While pointing at the individual involved in the Republic Day violence in India’s capital, she said, “The man behind the act is BJP’s aide who has been with Prime Minister and Home Minister besides having campaigned for its Member Of Parliament Sunny Deol.”

“I believe the violence in New Delhi is a staged act to defame the farmers,” she said.

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Notably, the three bills are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.

The laws were passed in last year’s monsoon session of the Indian parliament.

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